Moving and starting work in a new town can be daunting. It can be even more stressful if you relocate your family as well.
That’s why local general practice training provider GP Synergy invited a large group of GPs, GP registrars and GP clinic managers to meet for dinner in Armidale last night. The dinner was an opportunity for doctors from across the region to enjoy networking with their peers in a social setting.
Across the New England/North West region 80 GP registrars are completing their training in local GP clinics – with nine of those training in Armidale.
“The GP registrar cohort starting this year is very diverse, with registrars coming from a range of backgrounds and different levels of familiarity with the region,” Dr Vanessa Moran GP Synergy’s Director of Education and Training said.
“Registrars are fully qualified doctors training to specialise as a GP, it generally takes three to four years in a combination of hospital and general practice settings.
“People visiting their local GP clinic in communities from Armidale, Tamworth and Inverell to Moree and Wee Waa may have already met one of the registrars,” Dr Moran said.
Dr Moran, who undertook part of her registrar training in the region, said GPs contribute enormously to the primary healthcare provision in local rural communities.
“We want to ensure that GP registrars are fully supported during their training and get to know how fulfilling being a rural GP can be.
“In our experience if GP registrars, and their families, enjoy their stay in a local community the chances they will stay there and practise are improved,” Dr Moran said.
This is the first of a series of networking activities that GP Synergy has planned for the year.